Exclaim's Scores

  • Music
For 1,601 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 60% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 37% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 Queen of the Wave
Lowest review score: 10 Excuse My French
Score distribution:
1,601 music reviews
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A record this sturdy in composition and delivery has the resilience to stand up to countless plays, and that timeless ache for a good, hard cry.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's a shame to find Grizzly Bear spinning their wheels.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    LP1
    LP1 is a fantastic debut from an artist who is quickly becoming the curator of her own mental museum.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Celeste put out a sludgy doom-inflected black metal record; this year, Indian turned the equation on its head and put out a blackened doom record, that's equally depraved, nihilistic, and crucial for any fan of truly heavy music.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    He's probably too modest to just come out and say that Present Tense is where beauty lies, but he should; this fourth Wild Beasts album is a stunner.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Hyperdub's decision to keep the material on Hyperdub 10.1 fresh and topical may take away from the commemorative feel of the comp, but the pure excitement the label's latest incites deserves nothing less than celebration.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's surprising, deeply moving and occasionally stunning.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With simple rhyme schemes, by no means is Chance an incredible rapper, but he is true to his artistry, the person he's growing into and is becoming a force in the new age rap realm.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A touch of '80s-style production, including occasional saxophone-as-emotional-beat, at times threatens to nudge things into a satirical mash-up of Dire Straits/Bruce Hornsby hits, but they ride the right side of that precipice.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A Year With 13 Moons is certainly a must-hear for those who favour their consonance shaded with a dollop of playful dissonance.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    However difficult the album may be, it's a rare pleasure to see artists who know how to make great pop songs eschewing expectations, growing beyond their previous oeuvre and audience to pursue a brave creative path into genuine 21st century music.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The production is on point and the rhyme patterns are above average, but there's a distinct lack of cohesion.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This is a fine soundtrack to a road movie that's yet to be filmed.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With Reality Show, Sullivan delivers an R&B album that feels like how R&B used to sound circa late 90's/early 2000 while still coming off as forward-looking.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Between their unflagging energy and brilliant execution, Inter Arma have produced a stellar album that will remain memorable.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It isn't easy listening, akin to catching up with an over-sharing friend going through troubled times, but the stories are sad, funny and surprising, and the rewards are plentiful.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This three-disc set isn't just a nostalgia-inducing reminder of Killing Joke's tremendous evolution since 1979; it also showcases the striking consistencies in the band's sound and ethos.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Heart-rending, arterial and woundingly authentic, As The Stars is a hell of a record to drop on Valentine's day.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    De Vermis Mysteriis is a bloody, hard-fought triumph.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The album's weak spot is Darrow's voice, which, although pleasant, isn't as distinctive as those of his peers. Nonetheless, anyone interested in the L.A. country rock scene will find much to admire in Artist Proof, and an additional five previously unreleased demos are an added bonus.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sensual, artful and accessible, it is easily one of the best pop albums of the year.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a life we're lucky to see through this gorgeous album, however briefly.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If it can be said that Griffin has been toiling in the shadow of Emmylou Harris, then American Kid is the long-overdue moment that puts the full range of her talent on display.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A raucous centrepiece it is not. A soundtrack for a nightcap alone though? Absolutely.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The unlisted, sludge metal instrumental with crashing, crushing, demo-quality production only adds to the overall awesomeness and crazed attitude behind it all.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Joyner's poem-songs are worth lingering over. As it turns out, his idiosyncratic sandpaper tenor and low spacious guitar style are the perfect instruments through which to deliver them.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The rub is that Cult of Luna do the 13-minute-song thing so well on their sixth album (which is about four hours long) it's scary.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While Tomorrow's Harvest makes for a wonderful listen, and a perfect gateway album for new fans, it's not the revelation many devotees were hoping for.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    You Are Eternity is a remarkable accomplishment in sound design.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Fertile Crescent sees Homeboy Sandman adding another project to his growing library, and it's one worth repeated spins.